Appearances Can Be Deceiving By Harper Lee Essay

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The theme “appearances can be deceiving” is prevalent throughout Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird follows the trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman in the Alabama town of Maycomb, through the eyes of the young Scout Finch. Throughout the novel, “appearances can be deceiving” is demonstrated when a character is perceived one way, then revealed to be different. One such character is Dolphus Raymond, the town drunk. Another is Arthur “Boo” Radley, a man considered a phantom by the citizens of Maycomb. Both Boo Radley and Dolphus Raymond are strong examples of “appearances can be deceiving.” Dolphus Raymond is known to the majority of Maycomb citizens as a heavy alcoholic. They believe his constant intoxication is a result of his late fiancé’s suicide on the day of their wedding. It is presumed she killed herself after discovering that Mr. Raymond was having an affair with a black woman, and hoped to maintain it in spite of his upcoming marriage. Harper Lee asserts the extent to which the town views him as alcoholic in chapter 16, when Mr. Raymond passes Scout and her brother, Jem. “Mr. Dolphus Raymond lurched by on his thoroughbred. ‘Don’t see how he stays in the saddle,’ murmured Jem. ‘How c’n you stand to get drunk ‘fore eight in the morning?’” (Lee, 160). This quote strongly demonstrates Dolphus Raymond’s social status as a degenerate. The fact that a twelve-year-old boy recognizes his alcoholism and views his…

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